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Winter Wonderland in Florida on the Paradise Coast

By December 24, 2012

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The "Paradise Coast" in southwest Florida - known fondly as Florida's "last paradise" -- includes Marco Island, the town of Naples (a 2 hour drive from Miami), and areas of the western Everglades. Beyond Marco Island are nearly 100 miles of undisturbed islands and estuaries, including the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge and state and national parks. This is a great area for exploring nature, and it also has resorts with all the amenities.

Photo   Teresa Plowright. In winter months, nature lovers can especially enjoy the Gulf Coast portion of Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve, and take advantage of some fun free activities led by park rangers, such as "wet walk" hiking excursions in Big Cypress (-- some of the only guided swamp tours in the country). Such tours show visitors the fantastic native flora while also offering a chance to see the serene beauty of Florida's ecological landscape. Biking and canoeing are also on the roster of free activities at Big Cypress.

Many of these tours and activities are also offered at Everglades National Park's Gulf Coast Visitor Center, which is located at the Everglades City entrance to the park. Everglades City is the only one of the three main entrances to the Park that doesn't have an entrance fee.

Read more about Florida's Paradise Coast.

Photo Teresa Plowright.
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